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The eviction piocess in Coloiauo begins when a conuition of the lease is bioken by
the tenant. Whethei this is a mattei of a noise complaint, pet violation oi failuie to
pay ient, the lanuloiu must post a notice in a cleaily visible place. The notice shoulu
explain how the tenant has bioken the lease anu infoim the tenant that he has S
uays (the uay of the posting of the notice excluueu) to amenu the situation oi vacate
the piemises. If the tenant fails to uo so, even if he has not seen the notice, eviction
pioceuuies can begin.
In Coloiauo, a lanuloiu is not alloweu to evict a tenant. The sheiiff is the only one
who is alloweu to enfoice an eviction. It is against the law foi a lanuloiu to lock a
tenant out of the apaitment oi house oi to intimiuate the tenant in any way.
Lanuloius aie also not alloweu to shut off utilities oi move the tenant's piopeity out
of the unit. If a tenant is lockeu out, he shoulu call the police anu not attempt to
bieak into the piemises. If the tenant has not complieu with the posteu notice aftei
S uays, the lanuloiu can file an eviction suit at the local }ustice Centei. The lanuloiu
uoes not have to accept ient aftei this peiiou. Aftei the S-uay peiiou, the sheiiff will
iemove the tenant's piopeity anu the tenant himself if he iefuses to leave. 0tilities
can be shut off at this time by the sheiiff. Abanuoneu animals aie tuineu ovei to
Animal Contiol officeis.
0nce a notice has been posteu, the tenant shoulu contact the lanuloiu to see what he
can uo to fix the situation. Be can also contact his local Community Neuiation
Seivices centei, shoulu one exist in his aiea. Be can also seek legal counsel to aiu in
iighting the situation. If a tenant finus that his home has become uninhabitable, he
shoulu contact his lanuloiu anu allow a ieasonable amount of time to iemeuy the
situation. If this has not been uone, he may vacate the piemises, bieak the lease anu
owe no fuithei ient. This can only be uone in extieme ciicumstances, anu a lawyei
shoulu be consulteu befoie a tenant takes this action.
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In the event of an eviction of a mobile home fiom a mobile home paik when ient has
not been paiu, the tenant has S uays aftei the posting of the notice to iemove the
home. Lanuloius may not place mobile homes on the siues of public ioauways anu
must consult Coloiauo State Statutes conceining the towing of mobile homes befoie
one can be moveu.